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QAnon leader accused by wife of ‘blind rage’ in domestic violence

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Michael Brian Protzman

According to a Mother Jones piece, a QAnon leader who has been assuring fellow conspiracists that John F. Kennedy Jr. will return from the grave — or hiding — to lead the movement and assist Donald Trump reclaim the presidency has a history of violence, including a domestic assault arrest.

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Michael Brian Protzman, who is known to QAnon adherents as Negative48, was arrested in Washington state’s King County in 2019 for an “unlawful imprisonment – domestic violence” charge filed by his wife that led her to flee their home to a neighbor’s house where she called 911.

According to research provided to Ali Breland of Mother Jones by Amanda Moore, Protzman — who has told followers in Texas after the failure of JFK Jr. to show up “I am Jesus Christ” — grew violent with his wife over going to marriage counseling.

“In July 2019, Protzman allegedly ‘held [his wife] down on the bed, using both of his hands to physically restrain her, using one of his legs to brace hers,’ and ‘held her in this position for approximately two to three minutes until she told him that she would agree to marriage counseling so he would let her up.’ When she then tried to leave the house, the documents say, Protzman grabbed her and prevented her from departing,” Breland wrote.

She later rushed barefoot to a neighbor’s house, where she told the 911 dispatcher that she was afraid of Michael because he has “blind wrath” and that he might beat her.

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According to a police report, she complained that Protzman had recently ‘been acting differently, not showering or working and believing in government conspiracies.’ She also claimed Protzman had assaulted her before, strangling her roughly six years earlier,” Mother Jones added.

The report goes on to say that, while the matter was later dropped “without prejudice” in June, it can be revived if necessary.

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